Let's Talk 2017: Relationships, Research, and Results

(part of a series)

Location: McKenna Hall (View on map )

Let's Talk 2017: Relationships, Research, and Results

March 31st and April 1st 2017
McKenna 210-214
University of Notre Dame




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The Center for the Study of Languages & Cultures at the University of Notre Dame invites abstracts on the connections between community engagement and foreign language instruction in higher education. This conference will provide scholars and professional educators a venue to discuss research, theories, and best practices in regards to language-focused Community-Based Learning (CBL). The organizers of this conference strongly encourage submissions from scholars and educators from various different language backgrounds.

Potential paper topics include but are not limited to:

  • Community-based learning and the 5Cs (Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities)
  • Community-based learning as an alternative to study abroad
  • Establishing CBL courses in languages other than Spanish or ESL
  • The role of community engagement in students’ personal and professional journeys
  • CBL-informed foreign language curriculum
  • Theoretical and pedagogical issues in designing foreign language community-based courses
  • CBL and foreign language class enrollment
  • Building partnerships between a university/college and the foreign language community
  • Providing foreign language instruction in elementary and middle schools through community engagement
  • Language-focused CBL and the empowerment of minority cultures in the community


Keynote Speakers

Annie Abbott






Dr. Ann Abbott
Director of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Annie Abbott is Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has taught Spanish community service learning CSL) since 2004 and has authored articles, chapters and a textbook--Comunidades: Más allá del aula (Pearson)--about CSL. She coordinates a program of three CSL courses with about 60 students per semester working with a dozen community partners. Her work in languages for specific purposes has covered business Spanish, social entrepreneurship, ethics, and social media marketing. Annie has received several campus awards for her teaching, service and public engagement. She is also co-author of the intermediate Spanish textbook Día a día: de lo personal a lo profesional (Pearson). 



Deb Linked






Dr. Deborah Reisinger
Assistant Professor of the Practice of Romance Studies at Duke University

Deborah S. Reisinger is an Assistant Professor of the Practice in Romance Studies and affiliate faculty in the Duke Global Health Institute. She is Director of Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum(CLAC) at Duke University, where she helps students explore culturally-specific solutions to health and environmental disparities in local language communities.

Deborah received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, specializing in Twentieth-century French and Francophone Literature and Cultural Studies. She is the author ofCrime and Media in Contemporary France (Purdue Press, 2007), as well as numerous articles on language pedagogy, intercultural competence, and French for Specific Purposes. Her current workfocuses on community-based learning through Languages for Specific Purposes, including social entrepreneurship and global health. In 2016, she received the Betsy Alden Outstanding Faculty Award for Service-Learning.

Reisinger is Chair of the World Languages Academic Advisory Committee to the College Board and is the College Board Advisor for the French AP exam. Since 2013, she has served as Chair of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) Commission on French for Specific Purposes. In the summer, she directs the Duke in Montréal program, which focuses on Quebec’s arts and cultural industries. 



Friday, March 31 2017

8:00am Breakfast

9:00am Opening and Welcome Remarks

Pamela Nolan Young, J.D.
Director for Academic Diversity and Inclusion
Office of the Provost
University of Notre Dame

9:15am Keynote Speaker Presentation:
              Tools for Teaching ‘Foreign’ Languages in a Time of Nativism

Speaker: Annie R. Abbott, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

10:15am Coffee Break 

10:30am Panel I: Building and Coordinating Community Partnership

Panel Chair: Rachel Parroquin

  • Building partnerships in the community: An interdisciplinary research project in Greenville, South Carolina
    Stephanie Knouse, Sofía Kearns, John Michael Robinson; Furman University
  • Some Implications of NonTenure-Track Faculty Coordination of Domestic Spanish Community-Based Service Learning Programs
    John Marchese, Valparaiso University
  • The Community Based Learning Coordinator Model: Building Relationships of Mutuality and Reciprocity
    Annie Cahill Kelly, Kris Arizmendi, Rachael Foster, Peter Lombardo, Debra Stanley, Shelly Zabukovic; University of Notre Dame (Center for Social Concerns)

12:30pm Lunch Break

2:00pm Panel II: Community Based Learning (CBL) Courses I

Panel Chair: Tiziana Serafini

  • Immigration and the Construction of Memory – A Service Learning Course 
    Tatiana Botero, University of Notre Dame
  • CBL light: How a Small Investment in CBL Activities Can Create a Big Impact in the Classroom: Celebrating the “Day of the Dead” 
    Elena MangioneLora & Cecilia Stanton, University of Notre Dame & John Adams High School
  • Improving and Assessing Depth of Learning in a Spanish Internship
    Regina Roebuck, University of Louisville

3:30pm Coffee Break

4:00-6:00pm Presentation and  Reception at Geddes Coffee House: 
Building Strong Relationships across Campus and across Town to Create Institutional Change and Impact Student Learning: A Case Study in Developing a Spanish Community-Based Learning Program

             Connie Mick, Center for Social Concerns (CSC), Notre Dame
             Rachel Parroquin, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and CSC, Notre Dame
             Shauna Williams, Department of Romance Languages and Literature, Notre Dame
             Sam Centellas, Executive Director, La Casa de Amistad
             Laura Jensen, Director, El Campito
             Patricia Karban, Principal, Harrison Primary Center

Saturday, April 1st 2017

8:00am Breakfast

9:00am Keynote Speaker Presentation:
              But what if I don't speak Spanish?
Strategies for Developing and Sustaining Partnerships with Smaller Language Communities

              Speaker: Deborah Reisinger, Ph.D.

              Assistant Professor of the Practice
              Romance Studies
              Duke University

9:45am Coffee Break

10:00am Panel III: Children’s Foreign Language Literacy Through CBL

Panel Chair:
Patrick Vivirito

  • Once Upon a Time Some College Language Students in a Library… The Role of Storytelling in Community Engagement
    Frédérique Grim, Colorado State University
  • Partnership for Literacy
    Joan Clifford, Rebecca Ewing, & Maria Romero; Duke University
  • Making Connections: Literacy Development Through Storytelling in a CommunityBased Spanish Class
    Andrea Topash-Rios, University of Notre Dame

11:30am Roundtable: Perley Elementary School (South Bend) and Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs)

12:30pm Lunch Break

2:00pm Panel IV: Community Based Learning (CBL) Courses II

Panel Chair: Andrea Topash-Rios

  • CommunityEngaged French Translation Class Partnering With the International Rescue Committee Laurence Jay-Rayon Ibrahim Aibo, Montclair State University
  • Community Based Learning (CBL), An Instructional Methodology for Attaining Professional Proficiency in Arabic: The Case of CASAWIYYUUN BILA HUDUUD
    Iman Aziz Soliman, The American University in Cairo
  • Looking for CommunityBased Learning: Engaging Comparisons in an Urban Studies Class
    Julio Quintero, Grove City College

3:30pm Coffee Break

3:45pm Panel V: Research in Heritage Languages

Panel Chair: Marco Bahia

  • CommunityBased Learning for Heritage Students of Spanish: Making High-Impact Learning More Accessible to Latino Students
    Chin-Sook Pak, Ball State University
  • CommunityBased Learning and Heritage Languages Learners: The Case of Russian
    Olga LyandaGeller, Purdue University

4:45pm Closing Remarks




For more information, please contact:

Azeb Haileselassie, Ph.D.
Assistant Professional Specialist
Department of Romances Languages and Literatures
French Language Courses Coordinator